tikatu: my cat and namesake, Tika (birdbath)
1. How often do you listen to music?
I listen to music every day, but not all day. I like to listen in the car and while working on my computer. I don't listen too many other places in the house because my tastes in music don't necessarily mesh with everyone else's.

2. Do you ever listen to the radio? What is your favorite station?
I only listen to the radio if my kids are listening to it in another room (believe me, they play it loud enough for me to hear!). If I'm going to listen for myself - like in the car - I'll listen to public radio.

3. How do you find new songs, albums, or artists to listen to?
By hearing some of my kids' music, actually. I've borrowed my daughter's latest Nightwish recording -- it has the tracks both with vocals and with just instrumentals and I really like the instrumentals. I've also shown my kids some cool music -- I was the one to introduce them to E Nomine.

4. When was the last time you bought a CD? A digital music file?
Last time I bought a CD and a digital music file were sometime last year. I bought E Nomine's Das Testament on CD, and "Northern Lights" by Renaissance in a music file.

5. Do you think any of the technologies and distribution methods mentioned above will still be around in ten years? Why or why not?
I think digital music will still be around but the player technology (MP3 players and whatnot) will have to grow beyond the iPod. Right now, that's the only platform for which manufacturers are developing docking technology. So, in order to have music in, say, an older car, you have to either have the iPod docking station or you have to have a CD player. There are other venues in which you have to have the iPod. My husband watches old TV shows on the treadmill at the Y and though he has an iPod and could listen to them, too, I don't have that option.

Still, things move so fast in technology these days that in 10 years, no one outside of my children's generation will ever remember what a CD was.
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Been a long while since I've done one of these.

Holiday Season Edition

What's your favorite holiday ...

Song? Angels We Have Heard on High

Movie or TV special? It's a Wonderful LIfe (actually, I tend to avoid TV and movies around the holidays)

Knocking over the Christmas tree by adding one itty, bitty satin ball to it.

Baked good or dessert? My SIL's pumpkin cheesecake; it is to die for!

Each year, what's the one moment that lets you know it's officially the holiday season? When the stores start prominently displaying all their baking supplies.

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1. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
I have four cats, named (in order of arrival in the family) Callie, Tika, Ink Jet, and Cotton. We also have a tankful of fish but only one is currently named, a crazy albino corydorus named Dementia.

2. What was your very first pet? Do you remember its name? 
I had a cocker spaniel when I was very little. I think it was named Blackie.

3. Is there an animal you would never have as a pet? 
I have told my kids this: no reptiles, no rabbits, no rodents, no birds, no amphibians, no orthopods, no arachnids, only cats, dogs and fish.

4. What common pet have you always wanted but never had? Why not?
 I really can't say there is one.

5. What wild animal (extinct or not) would you own if you didn't have to worry about its adjustment or the cost of captivity? 
Hm. I might like a tiger... they're closest to just being a cat.

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1) What was the last thing that you ate? 
Right now, I'm having a cup of coffee and dunking some " New England Biscuits" in it. They were manufactured by Nabisco at one point, under the name "Royal Lunch Crackers", and are a larger, thicker, slightly sweet baked cracker. I remember learning to like coffee by doing this as a kid. 

2) Who was the last person you shared a meal with?
My family, last night for supper.

3) What is your favorite all time dish (recipes welcome)?
Hm. Difficult to say, there are so many good ones!  I guess it would be a toss up between Veal Parmiagiana and Broiled Scallops.  Neither of them are things I eat any too frequently, and I thoroughly enjoy them when I do.

4) If you could eat one thing for an entire year, what would it be?
That's a hard question. It's difficult to think of something that I could eat for a year and not get tired of. I'm going to say stir fry. It's healthy, and you can do so many things with it, using different meats, different veggies, seasonings and so forth.

5) If you could have dinner with any five people (dead or alive) who would they be?
My husband, my three children, and my maternal grandmother. She was a big influence in my life, but didn't live to see me get married. I think I'd like her to meet my family.
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1) What TV show(s) do you find yourself watching the most?
Well, I don't have cable, and don't really watch a lot of TV. But the new show Heroes looks interesting, so I'll check that out for as long as it's on (and I can remember to watch it!). 

2) What if any TV shows do you own on DVD?
Oy, DVDs. Now that's a different story. Let's see:
Thunderbirds, the mega set
All of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Most if not all of Star Trek: The Original Series
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
The Muppet Show, Season One
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, seaons One through Three
Green Acres, Season One.
Various episodes of the animated Justice League 
Rescue Heroes
Mind you, most of the comedy stuff belongs to my husband....

3) Can you name your favorite TV show theme song (I would encourage you to make a phone post and sing it to us)? 
The Addams Family theme song

4) Have you ever been on TV and if so for what? 
If I have, I can't remember.

5) What is your favorite YouTube video (feel free to post a link)? 
The only one I've ever watched was the puppet scene from Stargate: SG1's 200th episode. Being a Thunderbirds fan, I couldn't pass it up.
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1. What's your favorite line from a movie, and why?

"People"? I ain't "people." I am a - "a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament." Lina Lamont from Singin' In The Rain. It just sums up this gal's whole persona, what she thinks of herself, and really, all of Hollywood's hype is rolled up into this one line. It doesn't hurt that she says it in a voice like a coquettish fishwife.

2. Who's your favorite villain from a movie, and why? 

Any villain played by Basil Rathbone. He was such a smooth, stylish villain that sometimes you almost felt sorry for the bad guy.

3. Name one movie everyone else loves that you hate. Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (though I was one of the weirdos that actually liked Jar Jar Binks)

4. Name one movie everyone else hates that you love. 

(2004). Yeah, it majorly screwed up canon, but it did bring new life to the fandom.  The 'Birds themselves were great, and Lady Penelope and Parker were just FAB!

5. What's your favorite Pixar film, and why?

The Incredibles. The themes of family, living in the past versus living in the present, loving yourself for who and what you are, the fall of childhood idols, and the victory of good over evil--this film has it all. Wrapped up in fantastic animation and voice work. I can watch it over and over.
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1) This is the 1st of September, what do you want to accomplish by the 31st?  Pass my stress test! (BTW, 30 days hath September....)

2) What does September make you think about or feel? Autumn in New England... I miss it!

3) September is the ninth month; can you name nine memories so far from this year? 
1. My  oldest boy as Caliban in his class production of The Tempest.
2. My youngest boy going to GattiTown in a limousine.
3. Finding out my daughter has scoliosis.
4. Getting my new tower and monitor.
5. New beds for everyone!
6. Went to the movies for the first time in 20 years (saw Superman Returns).
7. My recent car accident.
8. Visit from my husband's brother.
9. Making my first bracelet.

4) What does September have in common with three other months and can you name them? Well, it's a seasonal change month. The other three months are March, June, and December.

5) The first weekend in September signals the end of summer for many even though it doesn’t really end for weeks. When does summer end for you?  At the first frost.
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1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake? 
Yes, as long as I had candles on my cake.

2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes?
Not that I recall. It's been a while since I could put all my candles on just one cake. 

3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.)
I like to be remembered on my birthday, but I figure I'm too old to make a big fuss over. Cake, ice cream, and time with family is what's important. (Though I don't mind a gift or two, either!)

4. Tell us a favorite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday.
My charm bracelet. I don't wear it as often as I should since I've got a medical ID and a watch on my left wrist, but I do like it.

5. What flavor cake? 
Wacky cake (it's a rich chocolate cake made without eggs) with sugary vanilla butter cream icing. Just what I need to send my blood sugar soaring!

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1. How much time do you spend on the Internet daily?

Uh, far, far too much time. I'd have to give an average of 10 hours a day, though I've been cutting back a little. There are times when my computer is online, but I'm not.

2. What are your favorite 3 websites?
Fanfiction.net, fanficrants, International Rescue: The Next Phase

3. Do you eat at your computer?

Yes, but I tend to eat dinner with the family.

4. Pick one and why - Reading the news online or in a newspaper?

Actually, in a newspaper, when I get one. The articles seem to be longer and more in-depth, IMO.

5. How many people are on your instant messenger buddy list?

I counted them all up just by names and I got 86. Some of them are old contacts, some of them are different names for the same person so that's not quite a true representation. (It also reminds me to go and clear out my buddy lists!)

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